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Jiski aankhon mein taab-e-nazaara na ho Usko jalwaa dikhaane se kya fayda?

Sometimes I feel I had wasted all my time for years in my life trying to educate the Indian people and trying to change their mindsets and become rational, scientific, and modern-minded, instead of remaining largely casteist, communal, superstitious and stupid.

I told Hindus that a cow cannot be a ‘gomata’ because an animal cannot be a mother of a human being, and that there is nothing wrong in eating beef because 90% of the world eats it. Surely they cannot be all wicked people, while we Hindus alone are sadhu sants ? I also said that regarding dalits as inferiors shows that most of you have gobar, not brains, in your heads. For saying this I got a torrent of abuses from Hindus.

I told Muslims to give up sharia, burqa, madarsas and maulanas as these were feudal laws and customs keeping them backward, and they should modernise, following the path shown by the great Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal. For saying this I got a torrent of abuses from Muslims.I now realise the true meaning of the Urdu sher :
Jiski aankhon mein taab-e-nazaara na ho
Usko jalwaa dikhaane se kya fayda ?
Perhaps all these years I was banging my head against a wall

Markandey Katju

Written by Markandey Katju

Justice Markandey Katju is the former Chairman, Press Council of India. Prior to his appointment as Chairman, Press Council of India, he served as a Permanent judge at the Supreme Court of India.

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